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Gordon Adams quoted in The Washington Free Beacon on the reputation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel

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Poll: Low Approval Rating for Chuck Hagel

A new poll shows that leaders in government, the defense industry, and academia disapprove of the job that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is doing.

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Part of the challenge that Hagel has faced is relative inexperience in defense management, said Gordon Adams, a fellow at the Stimson Center and professor at American University.

“Hagel came into this job with very little experience in defense, so his learning curve is actually pretty steep, and I don’t think many people realize that,” Adams said. “He didn’t sit on the [Senate] Armed Services Committee, he sat on the Foreign Relations Committee. So even though he was once a soldier in uniform, his actual defense management experience is extremely small. Getting up to speed and getting on top of the building is a challenge.”

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